As most of you who follow our blog know, Project X's RapidBI Approach and Platform is linked and depends very much on Agile Development and Real Collaboration.
The challenge with the word collaboration is that often it is just talk. I have had the opportunity to work with someone who knew how to collaborate. He is also a Lean Six Sigma guy and that doesn't hurt either. It was a real pleasure. We had some bumps coming up with common frameworks, we are both type A personalities and that was often fun.
But after about 1 week I really felt he was a collaborative partner. We got to a comfort level I felt that allowed for often open or frank discussion that hopefully he would agree that neither of us used to our advantage when things got tough.
Exit that phase in the project/program and we had new people come in. Sadly we can not get past the 'Just Talk' phase of collaboration. This is tell me what I need to do, I will do it and then throw whatever back at you. Sadly not even jumping back onto our collaboration platform helped us break through. I just did an audit of the collaboration environment and there is nothing there.
Funny how we are spinning. Less talk, Way less oversight meetings and lets get together and do it.